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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 15, 2015 lC AND m Greg Knight ' Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com The Greenville Indians and Quincy Trojans baseball teams shared hosting duties for the Greenville High School Tournament this past weekend at both school's home diamonds -- and the three-game round-robin format competition saw the Portola Tigers waltz to victory, going 3-0 by defeating Fall River, Tulelake and taking an 8-1 lead over their vaunted rival, Quincy. Portola 8, Quincy 1 Although the 8-1 score at the end of five does not equate to a win just yet -- that will be decided on May 6 when the Tigers host the Trojans and play the final two innings - the squad led by head coach Tim Brubaker strung together an outstanding performance that started with Eric Jacobsen reaching in the third to tie the game at 1-1, followed by a six-run fourth and the second of pitcher Joey Romano's runs that came in the top of the fifth: It was Quincy, however, that drew first blood by sending Kainoa Hall across home plate, courtesy of a Brendan Murray RBI to deep right field. It was the only run of the game for the Trojans, though a number of Quincy runners threatened. Romano once again displayed poise on the mound, leaving the bases loaded twice with two strikes, getting the third out and saving the third and fourth innings An was quiet in the third inning until.Jacobson was walked by Trojan pitcher' Cody Morrison and subsequently sent home as Evan Leal smashed a line drive to second before being caught out at first And then it was Portola's chance to shine in the fourth, taking a six-run inning that began with Mitch Pearson scoring and continued sequentially through Tyler Billups, Matt Heffron, Jacobson Romano and Kodi Lowdermilk before the Quincy mound could retire three in a row. After adding another run by Romano in the top of the fifth, thanks to an RBI from Lowdermilk, both Brubaker and Quincy head coach Randy Kelsch decided to suspend the game due to darkness and the difficulty players were having seeing the ball. If Portola picks up the win on May 6 it will be the first time the Tigers have beaten the Trojans this season, though it will not have league or playoff implications as it was a tournament match. After the game, Brubaker said going undefeated in the Greenville tourney was an important milestone for his squad "It was very important to us, as a team, to go 3-0 in this tournament because we have been struggling and not playing very good baseball," Brubaker said. As the presumed winning pitcher in the contest, Romano managed seven strikeouts and allowed only six hits by Trojan batters He said his mission was to focus on fundamental pitching, though hiS fielders did a lot of work as well. "I was focusing on throwing strikes and not giving up any walks," Romano said. "Our defense also did a great job of helping me out." Charlie Baumbach, a junior center fielder for the Tigers, garnered a pair of stolen bases in the game. He echoed Romano's sentiment about playing clean, essential baseball. "I think the key to winning this game was putting the ball into play and reaching our ground balls, which we did along with good throwing and catching," Baumbach added. Jacobson, who scored the first run of the game for Portola, said the team did well in all three of their games Above, Tiger runner Eric Jacobson (No. 13) takes a leap into home in the fourth inning against Quincy as Trojan catcher Tyler Hartline waits for the ball. Jacobson scored twice in the game. Right, Portola's Joey Romano at the mound during the Tigers' 8-1 outing against the Quincy Trojans last week. The game was suspended in the fifth inning and will be finished May 6 in Portola. durifi the tournament -Photos byG'/eg Knight "I think we played well this weekend and our pitching was there and we all put the ball in play pretty well," he said. In a correction to last week's Portola-Quincy game story, Jacobson's brother, Jake, sustained a dislocated elbow during a play at third base, rather than an injury to his ribs. Presuming the win against Quincy, Portola's record would improve to 5-12 overall and snaps a pre-tournament ll-game losing streak Quincy would fall to 8-6 on the season River Bulldogs on a punishing 11-6 final score though it was never really that close as Portola drove nine runs home in the second inning and successfully defended the diamond at the mound with Leal and his fielders The sheer number of runs by Portola came, in large part, from an unusually high number of walks by the Bulldog bullpen in the second. Seven of the nine runs scored by the Tigers came off walks and put Brubaker's squad up 9-0 in the inning, with two more runs coming in the See Tournament, page 2C Portola 11, Fall River 6 The Tigers began their three-game jaunt on Friday, April 10 by defeating the Fall FROM THE SPORTS DESK GREG KNIGHT Sports Editor sports@plu masnews.corri The Wisconsin Effect I'm not really a fan of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament unless my favorite teams are in it for any given season; I have not followed it since the 2010 bracket when the Washington Huskies squad, led by head coach Lorenzo Romar as the No. 11 seed, traveled to the Sweet Sixteen and ultimately lost to No. 6 seed West Virginia on a 69-56 final score. With that in mind, I wasn't interested in the least in watching many games or getting in on any pools for the bracket this season, though l did take part in the Plumas Bank "make-a-bucket-in- our- branch-and-pick-your. winner" event -- one where I picked Kentucky to win it all with a total spread of around 140-something points in the finals. See Sports Desk, page 6C O Do you know where to recycle your paint? There are now hundreds of Pain[Care sites in California where residents and businesses can recycle unwanted paint, stain and varnish all year-round. Most locations are paint stores. FIND A DROP-OFF LOCATION: (855) 724-6809 AU PaintCare sites accept at least5 gallons per visit (some take more). Please call ahead to confirm business hours and ask if they can accept the type and amount of paint you would like to recycle. Leaking, unlabeled and empty containers are not accepted. lllllllLJ[Inlllll I I I I llll J l[ [I Jll [l) II JllJ1 [II JJ L J l fJ[ll m l JILl[ [l l